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Corona: This is how Health Minister Spahn wants to release AstraZeneca for everyone


Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU)
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU)
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Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has spoken out in favor of lifting the vaccination prioritization for AstraZeneca. So everyone who wants should be able to get the remedy.

The federal and state governments decided on the following procedure on Thursday:

Vaccinations only in practices: According to the decision paper, AstraZeneca should then only be inoculated in medical practices. The paper literally states: “The federal government and the federal states have agreed that there is no longer any nationwide prioritization for vaccination with the vaccine from AstraZeneca. In the doctor’s offices, vaccinations with this vaccine can only be given to those willing to vaccinate on the basis of Section 1, Paragraph 3 of the Coronavirus Vaccination Ordinance at the discretion of the doctor.

Vaccination interval more flexible: So far, the rule is that between the first and second vaccination at AstraZeneca 12 weeks should pass. Now Spahn wants to make this period more flexible. The paper literally states: “The interval between the first and second vaccination for the vaccine from AstraZeneca can be between four and twelve weeks after approval. The longer the selected period within this interval, the higher the proven effectiveness. ”

More freedom for doctors: Spahn gives doctors more freedom than before. In consultation with the person willing to vaccinate, the doctor should be free to set the interval between the first and second vaccination within a period of four to twelve weeks.

With the approval of AstraZeneca, Spahn is reacting on the one hand to the fact that reservations about the medium are still great. Many older people in particular prefer to be vaccinated with Biontech and let appointments with AstraZeneca expire. On the other hand, the doctors have already shortened the vaccination intervals on their own initiative. Your argument: The second injection would otherwise be due in the middle of the summer vacation, when many people may already be on vacation.

While Spahn had criticized the shortening only a week ago at a conference of health ministers, he now apparently has a different opinion and has switched to the line of statutory health insurance doctors.

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